Credits: 6

Schedule: 08.01.2018 - 05.02.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Professor Johanna Moisander

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

90L54609 Qualitative research: Principles and practices is intended for students of Aalto-BIZ doctoral program as an elective module of Common Core Studies. The course is designed to develop students’ general competences for qualitative inquiry in the field of business studies. The primary objective of the course is to develop students’ abilities to critically and independently evaluate and assess their own methodological choices, and thus to support their thesis work.
On completion of the course, students are expected to demonstrate that they
• understand the basic assumptions and methodological prescriptions of contemporary approaches to qualitative research
• know how to apply these methodological principles in research practice to define appropriate research problems and study designs for qualitative analysis
• are able to make informed and justified methodological choices in their own research.
The measurable learning outcomes used to determine the degree to which these goals are being met include the following:
• Students are able to describe and explain the typical phases and methodological choices of scholarly qualitative research.
• Students are able to use the basic research terminology and concepts of qualitative inquiry in discussing the methodology of their own research.
• Students are able to critically analyze and evaluate the methodological rigorousness of their own work and published research contributions in their own field of scholarship.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course introduces students with recent developments and methodological debates in the broader field of qualitative management studies. Through class meetings and independent learning assignments the course familiarizes students with the principles and practices of setting up qualitative research projects; collecting empirical materials; analyzing text and discourse; analyzing processes and practices; building theories from practice; as well as writing up and publishing qualitative research contributions.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Package of readings, to be announced

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Pre-assignment given on the course website.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Maximum number of students 24.